George Mason University hosts J-1 students in the classifications of non-degree, undergraduate, and graduate students. Students are admitted to George Mason University as part of a regular degree program by their college or admitted as non-degree students as part of various exchange agreements set up by Global Education Office, College of Education and Human Development, College of Humanities and Social Sciences or the Provost’s Office.
J-1 Students are partially or wholly funded by their own government, the U.S. government, or their university.
J-1 Students must attend orientation in the semester they expect to begin their new program, even if they are transfer-in students from another university. Click here to learn more.
J-1 Students are expected to register for a full course load each semester; 9 credits for graduate students, 12 credits for undergraduate students. Students with Academic or Medical Issues may receive permission for a Reduced Course Load with documentation from the Academic Advisor, Mental Health Counselor, or Physician. Click here to learn more.
J-1 Students may work on campus if they are maintaining a least a 2.0 GPA for undergraduates and a 3.0 GPA for graduate students. Click here to learn more.
J-1 students must apply for a program extension if they will not be able to complete their academic program by the end date on their DS-2019 form.